The Speech of the Eminent Scholar Sheikh Ata Bin Khalil Abu Al-Rashtah, The Ameer of Hizb ut Tahrir on the Opening of the Conference:
"Lifeline: A Sincere Islamic Vision of the Proper Treatment for Sudan's Crises without the Arab Spring Setbacks"
Which was Held in Sudan on the Anniversary of the Destruction of the Khilafah
Saturday, 04 Rajab 1435 AH corresponding to 03 May 2014 CE
Praise be to Allah, prayer and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and his companions and those who follow him,
To Sudan the Great Islam... To Sudan, the Mosque of Dongola, the first mosque planned by the early Muslims in Sudan... To Sudan, the great Islamic conquest in the era of the Khaleefah Uthman (ra), who ordered the governor of Egypt to convey the light of Islam to Sudan, so he sent the soldiers of Islam, led by Abdullah ibn Abi Sarh, and after fighting around Dongola, he entered Sudan from Nubia in the North, through a treaty; the Baqt Treaty, that he signed with the leader of Mukurra of the Nubia in the year 31 AH, and among its items was to maintain the Dongola Mosque... To Sudan the Abbasid Khaleefah, al-Ma'mun, who during his time some Muslims bought land in the Nubia, and the chief of Christians was opposed to the validity of the sale, saying that the seller is a Christian from his flock, so it is not permissible for him to sell his land without his permission and he did not authorize him to do so... He raised the issue to the Khaleefah al-Ma'mun, who referred the case to judiciary and the judge ruled that the owner of the land has the disposition of the land without the permission of the chief of Christians because he is not a slave to be prevented from acting on his own property. And Omar, may Allah be pleased with him, has told the truth when he said: "When did you enslave the people though their mothers born them free..." This just rule was the cause of entering a large number of Christians in Islam; because they saw that Islam does not discriminate against the right of the young or old, and that no one is oppressed under its rule. Therefore, Islam spread rapidly due to the bounty of Allah Almighty, until it filled the whole of Sudan: from North to South and from East to West. To Sudan the Ottomans, in which Sudan became one wilayah (province) with Egypt in the year 1821. Then to Sudan the Mujahid (fighter) against the British in their aggression against Sudan led by Kitchener. That aggression continued for around twenty years since 1896, where the British occupied Omdurman and Khartoum in 1898, then Kordofan in 1900 and Darfur continued its resistance until 1916, when the governor of Darfur, the strong and the pious hero Ali ibn Dinar was martyred. He was a Mujahid and scholar, who was credited with reforming "Zul-Hulaifa", the Miqaat (pilgrim's station) serving pilgrims coming from Medina and the people of Syria, and the establishment of wells for watering the pilgrims, which are still called by his name, Abiar Ali (Wells of Ali), until today.
To all those who lit Sudan with their faith, knowledge and Jihad... and to this honorable gathering at your blessed conference... I salute, with the greeting of Islam, Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh.
Dear Distinguished Brothers: After this radiant and prosperous history, the direct colonialism by the British, the enemy of Islam and Muslims, continued for another forty years. Hence, the direct British colonialism in Sudan lasted sixty years since the British aggression in 1896 CE until the year 1956 CE. This was followed by the indirect colonialism; political and cultural, the spread of the rotten capitalist values and the clash of the old and the new colonialism; England and America, over Sudan. The land of Sudan, the good and the pure land, ended up to be ripped off; separating the South from the North through the fatal false (batil) Nevasha Agreement, under the auspices of the colonialist America. If this had stopped at this point, we would have said these are the Kafir Colonists, are interested in ripping apart Muslim lands, but what is worse is that the regime in Sudan, motivated by America, has exerted its efforts in conducting the negotiations and the Nevasha Agreement. Oh, we wish it acknowledged that the agreement is void but carried it out with a blurred vision on its sight. On the contrary, it considered tearing the country as a victory, and considered the Nevasha Agreement, the title of this ripping, a major achievement! Thus values were changed, and concepts were overturned, and the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم told the truth when he said, as narrated by Ibn Majah from Abu Hurayrah: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
«سَيَأْتِي عَلَى النَّاسِ سَنَوَاتٌ خَدَّاعَاتُ، يُصَدَّقُ فِيهَا الْكَاذِبُ، وَيُكَذَّبُ فِيهَا الصَّادِقُ، وَيُؤْتَمَنُ فِيهَا الْخَائِنُ، وَيُخَوَّنُ فِيهَا الْأَمِينُ، وَيَنْطِقُ فِيهَا الرُّوَيْبِضَةُ»، قِيلَ: وَمَا الرُّوَيْبِضَةُ؟ قَالَ: «الرَّجُلُ التَّافِهُ فِي أَمْرِ الْعَامَّةِ».
"A time will come upon people when they will employ deceit in everything. At that time the liars will be declared as the truthful and the truthful will be condemned as liars. The traitor will be regarded as upright while the upright will be regarded as betrayer; The "Ruwaibadha" will represent (lead) the people." It was asked who the "Ruwaibadha" were? He صلى الله عليه وسلم said: "They were the incompetent, unscrupulous and insignificant people. They will attend to the important matters pertaining to the public and make decisions".
O Muslims: Today's rulers after they have seen the awakening of the Ummah, and that it wants the source of its dignity, the Righteous Khilafah; in this period government in Sudan calls for dialogue to search for compromises on the way of capitalism under the pretext of saving Sudan. Where in fact it is to save the ruling class from the evil it manufactured and to tuck away its crimes as if they did not exist. They are calling for a dialogue with the same regime which tore the country and planted the seed of secession in the land of Sudan, and what is in between the lines of the Doha Agreement on Darfur pronounces this. Our remedy of the disease that we suffer, dear brothers, is in the Law of Allah, in the system of the Khilafah, and not in the dialogue which America and its agents push for it in order to reach a compromising solution leading to a religion other than the Deen of Allah. Rather it leads to an evil from the East and an evil from the West, mixed together to produce a distorted, anomalous system, despised by Allah, His Messenger and the believers, and what is underway today in the Muslim countries of the laws pronounces this.
The solution to our problems is not unknown, nor is that it a theory far from the application. Rather, it is inscribed in the Book of Allah the Almighty, in the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, and by the consensus of his Companions, May Allah be pleased with them. It is the provisions of the legitimacy that illuminate the darkness, and followed by Muslims for centuries so that their state was the leading state in the world, delivering goodness, not only throughout its boundaries, but throughout the entire world. Then after this, do you not wonder, why a few women seized by the king of Sindh cried out for help and Muhammad ibn Qasim answered their call, and hastened with an army of Muslims, ordered by the Khaleefah, to shake the throne of the king of Sindh, free them from their captivity and open the Sindh and India and radiate those lands with Islam. Why did such a cry receive a response by an Army that released their captivity and opened the country with the light of Islam, yet today women, children and elderly cry out for help in Myanmar Burma, which is a stone's throw away from Bangladesh and no one responds to their cry?! Then does anyone wonder why a woman's cry who was mistreated by a Roman called out Wa Muatsimah, reaches the ears of the Khaleefah, who leads an army to avenge her from the one who mistreated her, and opens Amuriyah, the city near Ankara today, one of the most impregnable and guarded Roman cities. Why did this cry move an army, while today's cries upon cries of the elderly, women and children in Central Africa, which is a stone's throw away from Sudan, yet no one respond to the cries and no army mobilized to rescue them?!
Why is this O Muslims? Is it not because the Khaleefah who we fight behind and are protected by and takes care of the affairs of the Ummah, in which that Khaleefah does not exist? Is it not so? Doesn't anyone with clear vision understand this? Is it not the glory for Muslims in establishing the Khilafah? Is the issue of Khilafah not a vital issue for Muslims? Is it not the one who dies while there is no Bay'ah (pledge of allegiance) to a Khaleefah who rules by the laws of Allah, he dies the death of Jahiliyya (ignorance)? Is this not an obligation (Fardh), and not any Fardh? Hence, O Muslims, our matter will not be reformed except with a remedy from the start... A state that rules by the truth and applies Islam with justice, a Khilafah on the method of the Prophethood following the example of the First Khilafah, applying Islam internally, and its armies launch to spread Islam externally.
O Muslims: We are aware that there are those who say Hizb ut Tahrir dreams about establishing the Khilafah, which is impossible to do these days! We say, Is Hizb ut Tahrir dreaming, when it recites the promise of Allah of succession to those who believe and do goodness:
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ
"Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them."
Is Hizb ut Tahrir dreaming when it reads the Hadeeth of Rasulallah صلى الله عليه وسلم of the new return of the Khilafah after this ruling:
«...ثُمَّ تَكُونُ جَبْرِيَّةً... ثُمَّ تَكُونُ خِلَافَةٌ عَلَى مِنْهَاجِ النُّبُوَّةِ»
"...Afterwards there will be an oppressive rule....then there will be Khilafah according to the method of the Prophethood"?
We are also aware that there are some who say that Hizb ut Tahrir has no other merchandise except the Khilafah, wherever it goes or travels it only talks about the Khilafah, it doesn't know anything else, and it has no other companion... and so on!
Indeed O Muslims, the Khilafah is the merchandise and the industry, it is the guardian of the Deen and Dunya, with it the rules are implemented, the punishments (Hudood) are established, and conquests are achieved by truth. It is the one that Muslims were engaged with it before starting to prepare Rasulallah صلى الله عليه وسلم for his burial- in spite of the importance and gravity of that matter- all because of the greatness of the Khilafah and its significance. The great Sahabah found that it was more important to be involved with it than that great duty which was to prepare Rasulallah صلى الله عليه وسلم (to be buried).
Yes, the Khilafah is the glory and the protector. It is the one that will exterminate the Jewish state and restore the whole of Palestine to the lands of Islam. It will destroy the authority of the Hindus in Kashmir, and end the Russian rule in Chechnya, the Caucasus and Tatarstan. It will eliminate China's occupation of East Turkistan. It will restore Crimea to where it belongs, as part of the Khilafah State. It will restore all the lands of Islam to their origin... It will cut off the hands of America, Britain and France ending them from interfering with the Muslim lands, and expel them back to their homelands if they will have one remaining. The Khilafah will spread safety and security in Ash-Sham, it will prevent the tearing of Iraq, and restore what was taken in the separation of Sudan. It will return integrity to Somalia, and remove borders and dams that were drawn by the colonial Kuffar, from the Pacific Ocean where Indonesia and Malaysia, to the shores of the Atlantic, where Morocco and Andalusia. It will spread the good and Justice, and will honor Islam and Muslims, and uproot injustice and evil, and humiliates the Kaffir colonists...
Someone may say will the Khilafah do all of this? Will it give us victory and drive defeat away? We say, yes, Allah Almighty says,
إِن تَنصُرُوا اللَّـهَ يَنصُرْكُمْ وَيُثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَكُمْ
"if you support Allah, He will support you and make your feet firm"
The actual victory of Allah is not complete except by the establishment of the state of Islam, which implements its Ahkam, if it is established Allah سبحانه وتعالى will grant triumph to it, it will be solidified and glorified, it will be respected by its friends and feared by its enemies. Rasulallah صلى الله عليه وسلم says about this:
«الإمام جُنَّة يُقاتل من ورائه ويُتقى به»
"The Imam is but a shield from behind whom people fight and by whom they are protected".
Thus the Khaleefah and the Khilafah are a shield, that is protection, and he who has protection, will finally be victorious by the will of Allah, his rights won't be waste, nor his country, and his enemies dare not come near him. This is illustrated by the history of the Khilafah, so where Byzantine and its scepter? And where are the Madian and the emperors of Kisar? Then, who raised the voice with Allahu Akbar in those countries which spread on the length and the width of the earth, from ocean to ocean, if it was not for the state of Islam, the soldiers of Islam and the justice of Islam? Thus, the Khilafah is the source of Muslims glory, and the way for their revival, and the title of their unity... it is their success in this world and their attainment in the hereafter, and that is what the great attainment is. This is the truth O Muslims, and for the like of this let the workers work.
ويومئذ يفرح المؤمنون بنصر الله يَنْصُرُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ
"And that day the believers will rejoice at the victory of Allah. Allah makes victorious whom He will, and He is Exalted in Might, Most Merciful".
In conclusion, I remind you of three events in this sacred month of Rajab, the month in which this conference is held, with admonitions and lessons for whoever has a heart or who listens bearing witness. The first two events illuminated the world by Allah's bounty and favor. The first is: the incident of Al-Isra wal-Mi'raj, which Allah سبحانه وتعالى honored His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم by it after the death of his wife, the mother of the Believers, Khadijah (ra), and then the death of his uncle Abu Talib, who was helping him in front of Quraish. The second incident is the permission of Allah Almighty for His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم to seek Nusrah (support) for the establishment of the Islamic state, and the application of the rule of Allah on earth. Therefore, the Ansar responded, and the State of Islam was established, and the earth revitalized with good and justice.
The third event had brought darkness after the light, where the British conspired with its traitors agents from the Arabs and the Turks, plotted on the Khilafah in Istanbul, and abolished it. Then our land was sorely ripped, and as result of that it afflicted us what is testament to our successive miseries. So O Muslims, come to remove this adventitious darkness, and return the brightness of the Khilafah once again. So that we live in this world under the shadow of the banner of Al Okab; the banner of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, and in the Hereafter under the shadow of the Almighty on the day there is no shade but His. And we, Allah willing, be with those who Allah سبحانه وتعالى said in them:
فِي مَقْعَدِ صِدْقٍ عِنْدَ مَلِيكٍ مُقْتَدِرٍ
"In a seat of honor near a Sovereign, Perfect in Ability."
Wassallaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
4th Rajab 1435 AH
May 3rd 2014 CE